Jerseylicious: Eastern Conference Champs Visit Boston
New Jersey Devils (3-0-1) at Boston Bruins (4-0-1)
Get your Red Bull and vodkas ready because this is going to be a good one. Both the Bruins and Devils enter tonight's contest having gained a point in each game they've played so far this season. In the past the reigning Eastern Conference Champions have not faired very well against the Black and Gold. The B's have bested New Jersey eight out of their last nine meetings, but that was then and this "new" Devils team has a Prince of Wales Trophy.
As mentioned in last night's Boston/Carolina recap, Dougie Hamilton officially graduated to his big boy pants and will be staying in the 617 for the rest of the season. Not so comfortable signing a long-term lease, Stefan Matteau, the Devils' 29th overall pick in the 2012 draft. The Chicago native has no points, is a +1 and has six shots on goal, not horrible, but also nothing to write home about. Matteau has only one more game to show GM Lou Lamoriello that he doesn't want to return to the QMJHL.
The Good News
History. As mentioned above, the Bruins have beat the Devils eight out of their last nine meetings. David Krejci, who has points in his last three games, has four goals and two assists in the last three times he's faced New Jersey, including a hattrick. In his last seven match ups against the B's, Marty Brodeur is 0-5-2 with a 3.38 goals against average...ouch. (UPDATE: Johan Hedberg is starting in net for the Devils tonight.) Also, not fairing so well for the Devils, Tuukka Rask is well rested (last start four days ago) and has a 1.29 GAA and a shut out in three starts against New Jersey.
Bruins Special Teams. Finally, Boston has that scoreless power play off their back and their flawless 23-23 penalty kill even has a Honey Badger goal. New Jersey is almost better off keeping the Bruins at 5-on-5 if they want to get on the board, a Devils power play is pretty much guaranteed two minutes of no scoring against Boston.
And YAY! Adam McQuaid is back!
The Bad News
Despite what has happened in the past against Boston, Brodeur is off to a hot start so far this season, 1.69 GAA with a shut out under his belt. Patrik Elias has five points in his last two games (worth noting Elias only has two goals and two assists in his last thirteen games against the Bruins). Long story short, overall, they're just as hot as the Bruins right now.
The Bruins have been rather sloppy with turnovers lately, rather uncharacteristic of them, this cost them the lead twice against the Canes last night and sooner or later the damage will be irreversible. Chris Kelly, who usually doesn't make mistakes, allowed the turnover which led to Eric Staal's second period goal last night.
And finally, my Mama taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all...so I'll just say this...Danny Paille.
Bruins a "shore" thing...by a goal.
Keep your heads up and your sticks down and join me on Twitter during the game.
Last night we saw Patrice Bergeron lose his cool against Jeff Skinner in the final minutes of the game in Carolina. Completely overshadowing Tyler Seguin's power play, empty net goal. A closer look shows that being the upstanding guy that he is, Skinner slew-footed the Selky winner behind the Bruins goal. Stick tap to @PezDOY at Days of Y'Orr for sharing this and big props to dafoomie for putting together this slow-motion break down. Knew something was up as it is completely out of character for Bergy to fight. Keep it classy Skinner!
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